Inspiring Minds is a campus-wide partnership between Western Research, the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, the Writing Support Centre, Western Communications, Western Libraries, Student Experience, and Western's 11 faculties. Inspiring Minds seeks to broaden awareness and impact of graduate student research, while enhancing transferrable skills. Being able to communicate your research to broad, interdisciplinary and lay audiences -- both inside and outside academia -- is becoming an increasingly important skill for scholars of all levels. Inspiring Minds seeks to help graduate students enhance this skill. This non-competitive showcase highlights work by Master's and doctoral students from all 11 of Western's faculties and schools. The following series highlights all submissions received from the Faculty of Social Science.

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Submissions from 2021

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Going local with global policies: Understanding the localization of the Sustainable Development Goals in Ghana, Eunice Akua Annan-Aggrey

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How Loneliness Relates to Personality and Smartphone Use, Kristi J. Baerg MacDonald

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Urban governance and the politics of everyday survival for street traders in Harare, Zimbabwe, Elmond Bandauko

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Tracking braided rivers through time, Victoria Barlow

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How the Pandemic has Impacted Working Undergrads, Miguel F. Bernard Bravo

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An eye for the invisible: How birds sense the Earth's magnetic field, Madeleine IR Brodbeck

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The Relationship Between Personality Traits and Depression, Parisa Chavoshi

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Matushka Rossiya: A Historical Overview of Russia's Relationship with its Neighbours, Liam Clifford

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Decolonizing ‘Femicide’ in International Frameworks: A Decolonial Feminist Approach, Hannah M. Diebold

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Naverra Music Collective, Madelyn Hertz

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Working in the platform economy, Lyn N. Hoang

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Shifting the conversation: How can we improve the way girls and women see, think about, feel, and behave towards their bodies?, Katarina Huellemann

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Using GPS tracking and geomagnetic data to study migratory movement in birds, Aranya Iyer and Jed A. Long

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Galactic Component Mapping of Spiral Galaxies by Machine Learning Classification, Robin Kwik, Jinfei Wang, and Pauline Barmby

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A Sense of Proportion: How humans represent relative magnitudes in space and time, Rebekka Lagace-Cusiac

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Paper Brains: An open-source 3D paper model, Jessica M. Lammert

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The State-Trait Model of Cheerfulness: Psychometric Validation, Cross-Cultural Findings, and its Associations with Well-Being, Chloe Lau

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Narratives of Colombian Women’s Refugee Claims in Canada, Camila N. Parra Carrillo

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Feel the Burn, Danika A. Quesnel

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Gendered food insecurity in northwestern Benin, Rosalind Ragetlie

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A Middle Ground: The Gendered Division of Housework in Heterosexual Mixed-Nativity Couples, Rebecca Rayner

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Can You See What I'm Saying?: Cochlear Implant Users Experience Unique Listening Challenges in Internet Video Calls, Cailey A. Salagovic

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Improving Interventions for Individuals with Trauma, Somer Schaffer

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Street Tree Effects on Road Surface Temperatures, Austine P. Stastny

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The Partisan Construction of Policy Agendas: Party Ideology, Party Systems and Policy Attention in English Canadian Provinces, 1945–2020, Shanaya Vanhooren

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Differences in Returns to Education Across Ethnic Enclaves, Ethnoburbs, and Suburbs in an Era of Rising Anti-Immigration Sentiment, Sandra Weir